Historical Events in 1981 (Part 3)

Events 401 - 600 of 773

  • Jun 22 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty to killing John Lennon
  • Jun 23 "This Was Burlesque" opens at Princess Theater NYC for 28 performances
  • Jun 23 Longest game in Professional Baseball: Pawtucket Red Sox finally beat Rochester Red Wings 3-2 in 33 innings (game began 18th April)
  • Jun 23 Amanda Maccaro becomes 1st American to win Russian Ballet Competition
  • Jun 23 French government of Mauroy forms, with 4 communists
  • Jun 23 NYC Mayor Koch turns down a $7,500 offer to perform comedy
  • Jun 23 Dave Koza scores Marty Barrett with bases-loaded single in bottom of 33rd inning, Pawtucket beats Rochester 3-2
  • Jun 24 "For Your Eyes Only", 12th James Bond, starring Roger Moore and 1st drected by John Glen premieres in London
  • Jun 25 Supreme Court upholds male-only draft registration, constitutional
  • Jun 25 Microsoft is restructured to become an incorporated business in its home state of Washington.

Music release#1 in the Charts

Jun 27 "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes returns to #1 slot

Actress Bette Davis
Bette Davis
  • Jun 27 Cambodia adopts its constitution
  • Jun 27 Pamela Jenks, 21, crowned 14th Miss Black America
  • Jun 28 "Piaf" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 165 performances
  • Jun 28 74 government officials die in attack in Iran
  • Jun 28 Nancy Lopez wins LPGA Sarah Coventry Golf Tournament
  • Jun 29 Bomb attack on headquarters of Islamic Party in Tehran, 72 killed
  • Jun 29 Hu Yaobang succeeds Hua Guofeng as leader of China PR
  • Jun 30 China's Communist Party condemns late Mao Zedong's policy
  • Jun 30 Zwelakhe Sisulu, President of the Black Media Workers Association of South Africa, is detained
  • Jul 1 Laurel Canyon California murders (4 die, 1 wounded)
  • Jul 1 NEC soccer team forms in Nijmegen
  • Jul 1 Nell Dunn's "Steaming" premieres in London
  • Jul 1 Prince Willem Alexander opens Willems Bridge in Rotterdam
  • Jul 1 Radio Shack 3rd release of Model III TRSDOS 1.3

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 3 88th Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Chris Evert beats H Mandlikova (6-2 6-2)

Tennis Legend Chris Evert
Tennis Legend
Chris Evert
  • Jul 3 NYC transit fare rises from 60 cents to 75 cents, new brass Y-cut-out token

Sport awardTennis Open

Jul 4 95th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6 7-6 7-6 6-4)

Tennis Player John McEnroe
Tennis Player
John McEnroe
Tennis Player Björn Borg
Tennis Player
Björn Borg
  • Jul 4 Clive Rice 105* out of 143 all out, Notts v Hants at Bournemouth
  • Jul 5 9th du Maurier Golf Classic (Peter Jackson Classic): Jan Stephenson
  • Jul 5 Premier Begin's Likud party wins Israeli elections
  • Jul 5 Rajan Mahadevan recites 31,811 digits of π (Pi) from memory
  • Jul 5 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 7 The solar-powered aircraft, Solar Challenger, successfully completes a 163 mile flight across the English Channel
  • Jul 7 Ben Plucknett of US throws discus 72.34 m, but throw is disqualified
  • Jul 7 Sandra Day O'Connor nominated for the Supreme Court
  • Jul 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Jul 8 PM Maurois nationalizes banks/plane/steel industry in France
  • Jul 8 Senate confirms Sandra Day O'Conner to Supreme Court (99-0)
  • Jul 9 Jacksons begin a 36-city tour
  • Jul 10 CERN achieves 1st proton-antiproton beam collision (570 GeV)
  • Jul 10 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Jul 11 France performs nuclear test at Muruora Island
  • Jul 11 Neva Rockefeller is 1st woman ordered to pay her husband alimony
  • Jul 11 Sebastian Coe of UK sets record for 1K (2:12.18)
  • Jul 12 Debbie Austin wins LPGA Mayflower Golf Classic
  • Jul 14 Kevin Wade's "Key Exchange," premieres in London
  • Jul 16 India performs nuclear Test
  • Jul 16 Shukuni Sasaki spins 72 plates simultaneously
  • Jul 17 "This is Burlesque" closes at Princess Theater NYC after 28 performances
  • Jul 17 Humber Estuary Bridge, UK, world's longest span (1.4 km), opens
  • Jul 17 Israeli bombers destroy PLO/al-Fatah headquarters in Beirut
  • Jul 17 Lobby Walkways at KC's Hyatt Regency collapse 114 die, 200 injured
  • Jul 17 USSR performs nuclear Test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Jul 17 Fulton County (Atlanta) grand jury indicts Wayne B William 23 year old photographers, for murder of 2 of 28 blacks killed in Atlanta
  • Jul 17 Glasdrumman ambush: the Provisional Irish Republican Army attack a British Army post in South Armagh, killing 1 soldier and injuring another
  • Jul 18 Part of Hyatt Regency Hotel KC caves in (113 killed)
  • Jul 18 Polish communist party selects ex-party leader Edward Gierek
  • Jul 19 110th British Golf Open: Bill Rogers shoots a 276 at Royal St George
  • Jul 19 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA WUI Golf Classic
  • Jul 19 68th Tour de France won by Bernard Hinault of France
  • Jul 20 England set for innings loss v Aust, Botham hits 100 in 87 balls
  • Jul 20 Irene Saez, of Venezuela, crowned 30th Miss Universe
  • Jul 21 Australia set 130 to win, all out 111 at Headingley Willis 8-43
  • Jul 22 Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca sentenced in a Rome, Italy court to life
  • Jul 23 14th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Jul 24 Mohammed Ali Rajai elected president of Iran
  • Jul 25 Voyager 2 encounters Saturn
  • Jul 25 Anti-apartheid protesters in Hamilton, New Zealand, force the cancellation of a rugby test between New Zealand's All Blacks and South Africa’s Springboks by invading the pitch during the game.
  • Jul 26 2 climbers fall 550 m down cliff near Angel Falls, Venezuela

Sport awardGolf Major

Jul 26 36th US Women's Open Golf Championship won by Pat Bradley

LPGA Golfer Pat Bradley
LPGA Golfer
Pat Bradley
  • Jul 26 NY Mayor Ed Koch is given Heimlich maneuver in a Chinese restaurant
  • Jul 29 Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater is dedicated
  • Jul 29 Iran ex-president Bani Sadr flees to Paris
  • Jul 29 Anti-apartheid protesters against the Springbok rugby tour are confronted by police who use batons to stop them marching to South Africa’s Consul, New Zealand.
  • Jul 30 Belgian Senate accept laws against racism
  • Jul 30 Simon Gray's "Quartermaine's Terms" premieres in London
  • Jul 31 42 day old, 2nd major league baseball strike ends
  • Jul 31 Arnette Hubbard installed as 1st woman president of National Bar Association
  • Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM
  • Aug 1 Poland premier Jagielski resigns
  • Aug 2 Australia set 151 to win, all out 121, Botham 5-11 in 14 overs
  • Aug 2 Donna Caponi Young wins LPGA Boston Five Golf Classic

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers ultimatum to workers: 'if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated'

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Aug 3 France performs nuclear test in Pacific
  • Aug 3 Senegalese opposition parties, under the leadership of Mamadou Dia, launch the Antiimperialist Action Front-Suxxali Reew Mi.
  • Aug 4 Columbia mated with SRBs & external tank for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 4 Oliver North is assigned to White House duty
  • Aug 5 US President Regan fires 11,500 striking air traffic controllers
  • Aug 5 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 6 Argentine ex-president Isabel Peron freed
  • Aug 6 Due to strike, Yanks, A's, Philles & Dodgers declared 1st ½ champs
  • Aug 6 NASA launches Fltsatcom-5, it failed
  • Aug 7 The Washington Star ceases all operations after 128 years of publication.
  • Aug 8 At a summit South African Trade Unions resolve to defy apartheid and labour laws
  • Aug 9 52nd All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 5-4 at Municipal Stadium, Cleve
  • Aug 9 Six English lifeguards set relay swim record English Channel (7:17)

Sport awardGolf Major

Aug 9 63rd PGA Championship: Larry Nelson shoots a 273 at Atlanta AC Ga

Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner Larry Nelson
Golfer and Three-Time Major Championship Winner
Larry Nelson
  • Aug 9 All star MVP: Gary Carter (Mont Expos)
  • Aug 9 Hollis Stacy wins LPGA West Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Aug 9 NL beats AL 5-4 in 52nd All Star Game (Cleveland Stadium)
  • Aug 10 Coca-Cola Bottling Co agrees to pump $34 million into black business

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 10 Pete Rose, 3,631 career hit, breaks Stan Musial's NL hit record

MLB Player and Manager Pete Rose
MLB Player and Manager
Pete Rose
MLB Legend Stan Musial
MLB Legend
Stan Musial
  • Aug 10 Richard Nixon Museum in San Clemente closes
  • Aug 12 IBM introduces its first Personal Computer (PC & PC-DOS version 1.0)
  • Aug 12 Jon Erikson (US) becomes 1st to triple cross English Channel (38:27)
  • Aug 13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV
  • Aug 13 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 200m butterfly (2:05.96)
  • Aug 14 George Foster hits his 8th HR into red seats at Riverfront

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 14 Phils Mike Schmidt hits his 300th career HR off NY Met Mike Scott

MLB Third Baseman Mike Schmidt
MLB Third Baseman
Mike Schmidt

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 15 Ian Botham scores a century in 86 balls v Australia at Old Trafford

Cricketer Ian Botham
Ian Botham
  • Aug 15 Robin Leamy of US swims record 7.98 kph for 50 m
  • Aug 16 Highest score in World Cup soccer match (New Zealand-13, Fiji-0)
  • Aug 16 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA Mary Kay Golf Classic
  • Aug 16 Mary Terstegge Meagher swims world record 100m butterfly (57.93)
  • Aug 18 "My Fair Lady" opens at Uris Theater NYC for 119 performances

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Aug 18 Jerry Lewis appears on "Donahue" to defend Telethons

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
  • Aug 18 Football running back, Herschel Walker, of U of Georgia, takes out a Lloyd's of London insurance policy for $1 million
  • Aug 19 2 US Navy F-14 jet fighters shoot down 2 Soviet-built Libyan SU-22
  • Aug 23 Beth Daniel wins LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf
  • Aug 24 American Charles Chapman is 1st black to swim English Channel

MurderMurder of Interest

Aug 24 Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 yrs to life for John Lennon's murder

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Aug 25 Jeff Schwartz, sets solo record for trampoline bouncing (266:09)
  • Aug 25 Voyager 2's closest approach to Saturn (63,000 miles/100,000 km)
  • Aug 26 Space Shuttle vehicle moves to Launch Complex 39A for STS-2 mission
  • Aug 26 Voyager 2 takes photos of Saturn's moon Titan
  • Aug 27 Divers begin to recover a safe found aboard sunken Italian liner Andrea Doria
  • Aug 27 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Aug 28 John Hinckley Jr pleads innocent in attempt to assassinate President Reagan
  • Aug 28 Sebastian Coe of UK sets 1-mi record of 3:47.33 (since broken)
  • Aug 28 National Centers for Disease Control announces high incidence of Pneumocystis & Kaposi's sarcoma in gay men
  • Aug 29 28th Walker Cup: US wins 15-9
  • Aug 29 Phillies minor leaguer Jeff Stone steals pro baseball record 121st base en route to 122 (Spartanburg (South Atlantic League))
  • Aug 30 Joanne Carner wins Columbia Savings LPGA Golf Classic
  • Aug 31 Dirk Wellham scores 103 on Test Cricket debut, v England at Lord's
  • Aug 31 Royals manager Jim Frey is fired & replaced by Dick Howser
  • Sep 1 Fiona Brothers sets women's propeller boat speed record (116.279 MPH)
  • Sep 1 Military coup under general Kolingba in Central African Republic, President Dacko flees
  • Sep 1 RKO radio network premieres America Overnight talk show
  • Sep 1 Northern Ireland’s first religiously integrated secondary school opens
  • Sep 2 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 2 38th Venice Film Festival: "Die bleierne Zeit" directed by Margarethe von Trotta wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 3 Gerald P Remy of Boston gets 6 hits in a baseball game
  • Sep 3 Longest game in Fenway Park, suspended in 19, Seattle Mariners 7, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 4 Longest game at Fenway Park completed in 20, Seattle Mariners 8, Boston Red Sox 7
  • Sep 4 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • Sep 4 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Sep 6 "They're Playing Our Song" closes at Imperial NYC after 1082 performances
  • Sep 6 Bob Lemon named NY Yankee manager for 2nd time
  • Sep 7 Cleveland Browns' Brian Sipe sets club record with 57 pass attempts
  • Sep 7 Jerry Lewis' 16th Muscular Dystrophy telethon raises $31,500,000
  • Sep 7 Joanne Carner wins LPGA Rail Charity Golf Classic
  • Sep 7 Judge Wapner & People's Court premier on TV
  • Sep 7 West Tampa Fl defeats Rich Va, 6-4 to win American Legion World Series
  • Sep 9 Vernon E Jordan resigns as president of National Urban League
  • Sep 10 "Guernica" by Pablo Picasso returns to Spain
  • Sep 11 2nd government of Van Agt forms in Netherlands
  • Sep 12 Elizabeth Ward (Arkansas), 20, crowned 54th Miss America 1982
  • Sep 12 Red Sox rookie Bob Ojeda no-hits Yanks for 8 innings before Rick Cerone & Dave Winfield lead off 9th with back-to-back doubles

Sport awardTennis Open

Sep 12 101st Women's U.S. Open: Tracy Austin beats Martina Navratilova (1-6, 7-6, 7-6)

Tennis Player Martina Navratilova
Tennis Player
Martina Navratilova
  • Sep 13 33rd Emmy Awards: Taxi, Hill St Blue, Judd Hirsh & Isabel Sanford win
  • Sep 13 April Moon sets women's handbow distance record of 1,039 yds & 13"
  • Sep 13 Atlanta Falcons tie record of 31 points in 4th quarter (vs Green Bay)
  • Sep 13 Jan Stephenson wins LPGA United Virginia Bank Golf Classic
  • Sep 13 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Sep 13 101st Men's U.S. Open: John McEnroe beats Bjorn Borg (4-6, 6-2, 6-4, 6-3)
  • Sep 14 Entertainment Tonight premieres on TV
  • Sep 15 US Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approves Sandra Day O'Connor for the US Supreme Court

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 15 Pope John Paul II publishes encyclical "Laborem exercens" against capitalism/Marxism

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • Sep 15 The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operates it under its own power outside Washington, D.C.
  • Sep 15 Vanuatu becomes a member of the United Nations.
  • Sep 17 Fernando Valenzuela sets NL rookie record with 8th shutout of season
  • Sep 18 Assemblée Nationale votes to abolish capital punishment in France.
  • Sep 19 Satellites China 10 & 11 launched into Earth orbit by B-1 rocket
  • Sep 19 Simon & Garfunkel reunite for a NYC Central Park concert
  • Sep 19 6th Toronto International Film Festival: "Chariots of Fire" directed by Hugh Hudson wins the People's Choice Award
  • Sep 20 24th Ryder Cup: US, 18½-9½ at Walton Heath Golf Club (Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey, England)
  • Sep 20 Joe Danelo kicks then NY Giant record 55 yard field goal
  • Sep 20 Sandra Haynie wins LPGA Henredon Golf Classic
  • Sep 21 Belize (British Honduras) gains independence from UK
  • Sep 21 Sandra Day O'Conner becomes 1st female Supreme Court Justice

Sports record brokenBaseball Record

Sep 21 Steve Carlton strikes out NL record 3,118th (Andre Dawson)

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • Sep 21 Enterprise Radio (all sports) goes off the air
  • Sep 22 Sandra Day O'Connor appointed to US Supreme Court
  • Sep 24 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 25 Nolan Ryan's 5th career no-hitter as Astros beat Dodgers 5-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • Sep 25 Rolling Stones begin their 6th US tour (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • Sep 25 Sandra Day O'Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice
  • Sep 26 USSR performs underground nuclear test
  • Sep 27 "Day in Hollywood, A Night.." closes at John Golden NY after 588 perf
  • Sep 27 Iran defends its besieged port of Abadan, driving back Iraqi forces
  • Sep 28 Joseph Paul Franklin, avowed racist, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 2 black joggers in Salt Lake City
  • Sep 30 Last game at Minn's Metropolitan Stadium, lose to KC 5-2
  • Sep 30 Seoul, South Korea, is selected to host 1988 Summer Olympics
  • Oct 1 J Chodorov/N Panama's "Talent for Murder" premieres in London
  • Oct 1 USSR performs nuclear test at Novaya Zemlya USSR
  • Oct 2 Ali Chamenei elected president of Iran
  • Oct 3 Brewers (since 1970) & Expos (1969) clinch their 1st-ever postseason
  • Oct 3 Irish Nationalist at Maze Prison near Belfast end 7-mo hunger strike

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Oct 3 Mike Weaver beats Quick Tillis in 15 for heavyweight boxing title

WBA World Heavyweight Champion Mike Weaver
WBA World Heavyweight Champion
Mike Weaver